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Michael Brown’s family says he was a ‘gentle soul’

  • People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • The casket of Michael Brown is seen at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, before his funeral. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)

    The casket of Michael Brown is seen at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, before his funeral. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)

  • Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool)

    Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool)

  • People line up to make a path for the families' and friends' arrival at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    People line up to make a path for the families' and friends' arrival at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • Supporters of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson attend a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Supporters of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson attend a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

  • The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.  Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • Sondra Fifer, of St. Louis, voices her disagreement with the rally for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub in St. Louis. "I'm not against officers, I'm against police brutality," Fifer said. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Sondra Fifer, of St. Louis, voices her disagreement with the rally for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub in St. Louis. "I'm not against officers, I'm against police brutality," Fifer said. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

  • Director Spike Lee takes a picture of a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap on top of Michael Brown's casket on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, during the funeral services at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    Director Spike Lee takes a picture of a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap on top of Michael Brown's casket on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, during the funeral services at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • Well-wishers sign a poster in support of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson during a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Well-wishers sign a poster in support of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson during a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

  • People gather inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.,by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.  Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    People gather inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.,by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • People begin to line up for the funeral of Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9, by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    People begin to line up for the funeral of Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9, by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson attends the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Rev. Jesse Jackson attends the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted to the hearse, as people gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted to the hearse, as people gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Lesley McSpadden, left, Michael Brown's mother, closes her eyes during the funeral service for her son, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

    Lesley McSpadden, left, Michael Brown's mother, closes her eyes during the funeral service for her son, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

  • People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • The casket of Michael Brown is seen at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, before his funeral. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)
  • Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool)
  • People line up to make a path for the families' and friends' arrival at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • Supporters of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson attend a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
  • The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.  Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • People attending the funeral services for Michael Brown sing on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • Sondra Fifer, of St. Louis, voices her disagreement with the rally for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub in St. Louis. "I'm not against officers, I'm against police brutality," Fifer said. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
  • Director Spike Lee takes a picture of a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap on top of Michael Brown's casket on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, during the funeral services at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • Well-wishers sign a poster in support of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson during a rally for him on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barney's Sports Pub along Chippewa Street in St. Louis. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
  • People gather inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.,by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.  Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
  • People begin to line up for the funeral of Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9, by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson attends the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • People gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, right, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson follow the casket during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted to the hearse, as people gather outside of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed, he was shot Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case and a federal investigation is also underway. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Lesley McSpadden, left, Michael Brown's mother, closes her eyes during the funeral service for her son, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

Michael Brown’s relatives said goodbye yesterday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.”

Thousands of mourners filled the massive Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for the funeral, which began with upbeat music punctuated by clapping. Some mourners danced in place, and ushers passed out water and tissues.

Eric Davis, one of Brown’s cousins, urged the crowd to go to the polls and push for change, saying the community has had “enough of the senseless killings.”

Davis described Brown as a “big guy, but a kind, gentle soul.” He recalled his cousin once telling the family that someday his name would be known by the wider world.

“He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy at that time,” Davis said.

An uncle, pastor Charles Ewing, said in his eulogy that Brown’s “blood is crying from the ground, crying for vengeance, crying for justice.”

Among the mourners was Will Acklin, a black man from Little Rock, Ark.

“It’s important in that as a child I was pushed by police, mistreated by police, cursed by police, and I was a good kid,” said Acklin, 63. “I was an honor student. When I heard this, I felt compelled to come here and show my respects.”

Angela Pierre, a machine operator who once lived in Ferguson, where the shooting happened and fueled nearly two weeks of street protests, said she hopes the funeral helps turn a page and ease tensions. Most important, though, she hopes it provides healing for Brown’s family.

“I really wanted to just be here today to pray for the family and pray for peace,” said Pierre, 48, who is black. “When all of this dies down, there is still a mother, father and a family who’s lost someone. Sometimes a lot of the unrest takes away from that.”

The church’s sanctuary, which seats about 2,500, filled quickly. Overflow rooms holding an additional 2,000 were full, too.

With the church at capacity, many people could not get in and instead waited outside, crowded into shady areas on a day when the temperature was expected to come close to 100 degrees. Ambulance crews were on hand in case of any heat-related illnesses.

Poster-size photos of Brown, wearing headphones, were on each side of the closed casket, which had a St. Louis Cardinals ball cap atop it. Large projection screens showed a photo of Brown clutching his high school diploma while wearing his cap and gown. He had been scheduled to start training at a technical school two days after his death. He wanted to become a heating and air-conditioning technician.

Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., asked protesters to take a break yesterday and observe a “day of silence” so the family can grieve.

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